Red Poppy Ale | The Lost Abbey

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Red Poppy AleRed Poppy Ale

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Perhaps no country embraces the use of fruit in beers more so than Belgium. Numerous traditional as well as regional specialty ales are infused with every sort of fruit imaginable. In this way, the flavor of the fruit becomes especially prominent.

Red Poppy Ale is a veritable celebration of Sour Cherries in an explosion of aromas and tastes. Brewed from a brown ale base and aged in our oak barrels for over 6 months, this beer is not for the faint of heart.

The Golden Poppy is the state flower of California and the Red Poppy is found in Flanders Fields where our inspiration for this beer comes from.

Added by BeerBeing on 09-07-2007

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of stakem
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml corked and caged bottle into a matching lost abbey stemmed glass (thanks Brett!) The brew appears a dark brown with nearly 3 fingers worth of khaki head. The cap slowly recedes holding with less than a finger of strength which is supported by nearly constantly rising bubbles. Patches of lace stick to the glass. When held to the light, a deep ruby clarity is seen through the body.

The aroma of this brew is pleasantly fruity with a deep pitted cherry scent that is lightly tart. More smells reveal a bit of bacterial funk and lactic character. Through the middle is a deep sweetness reminiscent of vanilla and barrel properties of oak. A little bit of burnt sugary sweetness almost like molassess is smelled all the way in the back. A light cheese and wild aspect come out as it warms. Collectively with the mixture of sweetness, vanilla and cherry this has a faint medicinal aspect about the way it smells but it is still very good.

For how crazy complex and enjoyable smelling this brew is, the first couple of sips are a bit one-noted. It is tart with a bit of unripe cherry flavoring that blends into a bit of brown sugar to toasted grain. Some barrel flavoring is present that is lightly spicy mixed with some mild wild notes of brett. The brew finishes quite crisp and dry with a toasty flavoring that pairs well with the fruity cherry quality.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a high level of carbonation. I say high carb but it is not overdone. It lightens the overall feel and makes it fairly easy drinking. The alcohol is very well integrated and only provides a mild warmth down the back of the throat. While this was a really enjoyable brew, I found the aroma to be the best aspect of it. I wish the flavor packed as much character as the aroma. If you haven't tried this yet, it is worth a shot.

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Photo of abrand
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Lost Abbey glass, shared with a friend.

Pours a beautiful deep amber almost brown color with good visibility through the pour. A small bubbly head fades quickly and leaves nothing behind. The aromas are huge with vinegar, cherries, and funk. Taste is sour yet smooth. Plenty of fruits and earth tones are present and isn't overpowering in any way. Mouthfeel is fairly thin with great carbonation. Overall this is amazing. I would love this aged.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of tobelerone
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A slightly red-hued brown with more than an inch of sudsy head that falls to less than a finger quickly. Lots and lots of lace.

Aroma is funky, quite musty and horsey, with a strong undercurrent of sour cherries. Quite puckering flavor with fresh sour cherries, mineral and metallic notes, must, funk, and light sweetness. Delightfully tart. Trace of woody, oaky notes. Tart, wine-like finish, dry, kriek-like. Delicious.

Medium thin-bodied with fizzy carbonation and a drying finish, leaving you puckering up and looking for more. As this beer sits the fresh cherry flavor really explodes. Very tasty, very real, and unfortunately, very expensive.

Thanks Ryan for such a top notch extra!

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Jefe73
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of shrek806
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Stupac2 for this one.

Poured from a 375ml cork and caged bottle into a pair of mini Duvel snifters.

The pour is a medium brown with minimal red/brown head and no visible lacing. Not alot going on here.

The smell is "Funkeeee". I smell a hint of cheese with maybe some berries, maybe raspberry.

The taste is super-tart and a little sugary. I can not place the sweetness. I am thinking maybe raisins that I am tasting. Although the smell was funky, the taste is much more complicated.

The mouthfeel is quite flat. There is some bubble action going on, but not alot. It starts out quite tart and pucker-esque, but finishes with the taste of yellow raisins, with a hint of unripe blueberries.

The overall drinkability for me is about a 3.5. It is a little to tart and I am not a huge fan of the raisin taste.

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Photo of imperialking
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of DaBubs
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of heff316
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Public87strain
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of DSlim71
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Faina
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of klipper
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of Duhast500
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Allagash flute.

The color is a brownish maroon with two fingers of brownish head that is quick to disappear leaving some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is has some malty flavor with some slight funk flavor holding in the background. There is a nice brett aroma coming off the nose that is giving me ideas of what to expect.

The taste is funk from the gate. Some sour fruity flavors comes out to welcome my tongue. There is a slight sour apple flavor that is the main flavor that is out in front but the sweetness that fills you from behind this apple flavor is more malty and filled with some slight grainy flavor. There some bitterness at the end to make its presence felt but the aftertaste kicks in quickly and is back to a nice sourness.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied but there still seems an almost light feel to the flavor that it is deceivingly lighter then the expected. A great beer filled with such nice sourness that it makes me want more.

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of jcartamdg
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown with a finger length head disapates quickly. Aroma of vinegar and funk, cherries not present in the nose. Taste follows nose but brings in sour cherries in finish. I like this beer a lot, it's smooth and delicious and right up there with the best Belgian representations of the style

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Photo of hawkmage
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of enelson
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of rmaste6282
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Annesemj
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of lackenhauser
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of larsenju
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of bstyle
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Red Poppy Ale from The Lost Abbey
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